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Don't forget Obamacare

"Don't forget Obamacare" Continued...

Issue: "2010 Election: The Governors," Oct. 23, 2010

Q: What are some of those things? Viagra. Sex change operations. Reconstructive surgery that may or not may be necessary. Chiropractic care. Conservatives believe that you should be able to go out and construct the insurance policy that you want to pay for, with the benefits that suit you.

Q: What's the cost of the law? This bill will cost, in the next 10 years, roughly $1.1 trillion. If you make over $200,000 a year, you're going to pay a higher Medicare tax. You will see Social Security taxes applied to unearned income, which will make the cost of capital in this country increasingly steep at a time when we want just the opposite. Medicare cuts won't happen, because if the government comes in and says that they're going to cut Medicare even more, doctors and hospitals will simply quit taking Medicare patients.

Q: Will the law hurt the economy generally? The market believes that Warren Buffett is a better credit risk than the U.S. government, which means that our triple-A rating is probably going to go down, which means we're going to have to pay more interest on the national debt. We aren't going to be able to do this without massive new taxes, and we'll have a much slower economy.

Q: Will this spending have an effect on our military? No European socialist country has any military to speak of, because they can't afford it. We spend $650 billion a year on the military. You're going to hear in the next year or so that we must dramatically cut the military because we can't pay for it: "We can't afford to be the policeman of the world. America's role has to change." The Chinese and the Russians are sitting there licking their chops. This is exactly what the left would like to see, since they see America as an oppressive imperialist country.

Q: The long-term consequences of the healthcare law . . . It will destroy the country.

Q: What about the solution of printing more money? Eventually inflation does become a factor. With inflation you're always behind. When inflation was running double digits in the late 1970s, from the time you got your pay increase at the end of the year to the next pay increase, everything went up 10 percent, but your wages didn't go up 10 percent. So you'd end up 10 percent behind by the end of the year. You're losing purchasing power.

Q: Will we begin to ration healthcare? It happens in every other system of socialized care. If you have advanced stages of cancer in a socialized system, you simply won't get care. We will be limiting care to people at the end of life. In Oregon they will offer you voluntary euthanasia, but they won't pay for stage 4 cancer care. We will also change the way we care and treat those who are not as useful to society: the disabled. Many countries around the world don't consider children to be live births if they're born in less than 25 weeks. By and large, the American healthcare system tries to save these children. In Europe, if you're born in less than 25 weeks you're not given treatment, and you're not counted as a live birth for purposes of statistical life expectancy.
To hear Marvin Olasky's complete interview with Rick Santorum, click here.

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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